The End of All Songs (Dancers at the End of Time, #3)
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For the hedonistic immortals who dwell at the End of Time, the return of Jherek Carnelian with Mrs. Amelia Underwood - a reluctant time-traveler from Victorian England - is cause for jubilant celebration. Led by Jherek's mother, the Iron Orchid, the immortals set off on a mad spree of spectacular festivities. And in no time at all, Amelia, with her radiant beauty and quain...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Daniel Roy
The third and last entry in the Dancers at the End of Time is a different beast from the first two books, An Alien Heat and The Hollow Lands. Gone is the lightness of the first two novels, for the most part; the End of Time, it seems, is growing up, insofar as there is a lot more darkness and torment on display here.

I understand what Mr. Moorcock was trying to accomplish, taking his lighthearted characters, especially Jherek himself, and trying to see them change and mature under the strain of e...more
Dan Schwent
End of All Songs tied up the loose ends of the Dancers at the End of Time trilogy nicely. I liked it but it wasn't as funny as the first two.
Jim McDonnell
My favourite 1970s science fiction book, bar none, and in many ways (IMHO), one of the best. Moorcock claims he wrote this as a riposte and critical response to the popularity of fantasy fiction like 'The Lord of the Rings', (which he called "epic Winnie-the-Pooh").

The trilogy is a joy from start to finish - a bit like Steampunk written by New Romantics, the Earth is populated at the end of time by carefree dandies with god-like powers. I'd certainly like to live there. Droll, funny, inventive,...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

The conclusion of The Dancers at the End of Time trilogy opens at almost the opposite point in the earth's history, with Jherek Carnelian and Amelia Underwood marooned in the distant past, in the Devonian period with a broken time machine. They are eventually rescued, and return to the end of time, depicted more sombrely than before, to witness the end of the universe that had been predicted by aliens, seeking to warn pleasure loving earth dw...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
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Shannon Appelcline
A good conclusion to the initial Dancers series. It doesn't have quite the spark of the first book, but it's a nice return to the romance and characters of that initial story that does a good job of bringing things to an end.

However, my favorite element of the book is actually a pretty minor one: the Guild of Temporal Adventurers and their Time Centre. I've always been sad that Moorcock didn't write series about them!
This is a hard series to explain. It begins humorously enough, as a riff on the madness of a world without cause and effect. It continues along in its dark comedy through the three books, but the final novel hit home with me on a specifically terrifying level. The last half of the book seems to be a meditation on the nature of infinity, which is a concept I have wrestled with my entire life. For me, it was very difficult to read, late at night, wanting to shut down for the day. It forced me into...more
The end of the trilogy and this book had some very glorious moments. I was a little disappointed there was not more time travel, but the end of the universe was pretty spectacular. I loved that in the last day Jherek was very happy. I enjoyed the development of Mrs. Underwood. I think the end of time lost some of its magic when it went from being doomed to an eternally secure heaven. I loved the decedance in the face of destruction more than decedance in the face of eternal boredom. Still this w...more
Andrew Lasher
Since this is the third review that I have written for this series (one for each book), you probably already have an idea how I feel about the series.

Basically it boils down to this. If you have read the first two books in this trilogy, I have no idea why you are reading this review. Get out there and finish the book! If you haven't read the previous novels, take a look there first. As I said in my review of an Alien Heat, if you like time travel and/or love stories, this is the book for you.

The End of All Songs by Michael Moorcock is a story I have read many times. Moorcock excels himself with this amusing story of life at the end of time, and indeed many other times. The characters at the end of time are like Oscar Wilde on speed and equally as absorbing with their decadent and confronting behaviour, a real mirror on society and its norms. I love the way history is twisted by misinformation due to the tyranny of time and the way that all the beings are merely actors in life. Somet...more
Ben Jones
i can't even believe i like these books so much- Moorcock is naturally a genius, but i really didn't have any interest in reading this series but now i have it's undoubtedly one of my favourites! the best bit for me was Bastable and Una Perrson showing up near the begining, and her asking if they were in Tanelorn- so exciting!
More Michael Moorcock absurd scifi/comedy of manners satire. This installment is perhaps the most ridiculous, but also had some of the best humor. The reaction of the various characters to the possibly imminent cataclysm is priceless. I thought the quality of this one was also the most consistant across the book.
love the whole Dancers at the end of Time series having first read it while still in high-school. This is the same edition, same cover as the one I first had. It' since been lost now. Truly one of the most deliciously romantic time-twisting tales of human hubris ever.

T.L. Barrett
Didn't finish this one. I remember reading the first book about ten years ago. It was sweet. The second was a slog. The third, well... Moorcock is a very creative writer, just not always the best at keeping interest in plot and character.
I couldn't get enough of these books when I first read them, early 1980's, I think. Not for everyone -- not sure why I liked these over-pampered, amoral children at the end of time, but I did.
My favorite of Moorcock's series, and the only one of them that really sustains quality over its whole run. It's not exactly what's called Steampunk today, but a clear forerunner of the genre.
On retrouve la force du tome 1 avec encore plus de finesse psychologique dans l'histoire d'amour entre Jherek et Amelia.
not quite as much fun as the first two in this series. marked it as to-read
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